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colbert counts down the minutes until conservatives must fall in love with mitt romney. we'll watch the clock with colbert later in the show. >>> first to the news live at 5:30 a.m., here at 30 rock. after mons of campaigning the single biggest day in the republican presidential race is here with 11 states including wyoming caucuses and more than 400 delegates up for grabs, the next 16 or so hours will go a long way in dertermining the nominee and perhaps the next president of the united states. much of the focus is on ohio, a key battleground and must-win for republicans. as of now the numbers suggest ohio, anybody's game. three different polls in the last 24 hours show mitt romney and rick santorum in a statistical tie in ohio. both candidates spending yesterday there in ohio in a last campaign push before the polls open in a couple hours this morning. santorum focused his closing arguments on attacking mitt romney citing reports he suggested his state's health care law could be used as a model for the entire country. >> bad enough to be for a government mandated health care syste
city. mitt romney has taken another step toward the republican presidential nomination. after scoring a decisive victory in the illinois primary. romney won with 47% of the vote. defeating rick santorum by 12 points. ron paul and newt gingrich were down in the single digits. romney's illinois win adds another 41 delegates to his total haul, which now stands at nearly 500. those still far from the 1144 needed to clinch the nomination, romney has close to 300 more delegates than santorum. with the general election in mind, romney focuses his election night speech on attacking president obama while touting his own experience in the private sector. >> for 25 years i lived and breathed business and the economy and jobs. i had successes and failures. but each step of the way, i learned a little bit more about what it is that makes our american system so powerful. you can't learn that teaching constitutional law at university of chicago, all right? you can't even learn that as a community organizer. the simple truth is that this president doesn't understand the genius of america's economy. o
the hour. nbc news has declared mitt romney in the hawaii republican caucuses. he won 45% of the vote beating rick santorum by 20 points. rick saint's southern suite gave the pa set rios last fight. romney is the party's inevitable nominee. just after 10:00 eastern time, he won with 35% report. so third place finished there in alabama for romney. then, just after 11:00 p.m. or just minutes before, actually, a tighter race in mississippi. also called for santorum. he wanted some of the vote there. followed with 31 and 30% respective. so mitt romney, close. santorum celebrated the knife with upcoming comporters. bank blank. >> the name is now for conservatives to pull together. the time is now to make sure -- to make sure -- that we have the best chance to win this election v and the best chance to win this election is to nominate a conservative to go up against barack who can take obama on on every issue. we want to make sure everyone knows. we're campaigning. we are going foe win this nomination pefr that convention. >> despite losing across the south, he vowed to bin across the state
on the air about a georgetown university law school student. plus, snl's mitt romney spins his narrow victory in michigan with a little help from his fake sons. that clip a little bit later in the show. first, though, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at "30 rock" in new york city. the presidential candidates spread out across c ahead of s tuesday. 10 states will be in play tomorrow with 400 delegates at stake. the contest could bolster front-runner mitt romney. he added to his campaign momentum on saturday, winning washington state. those caucuses brought him 38% support, a double digit lead over ron paul and rick santorum. all eyes certainly will be on the state of ohio where romney and rick santorum in a statistical tie according to the latest nbc news/marist poll. on now two ohio's largest newspapers. cleveland plain dealer and the cincin enquirer putting their support behind mitt romneyment the former governor locked up the endorsements of two key conservatives. tomko burn and house majority leader eric cantor. they are hoping it will give their candidate a boost for conserva
of the night in the too close to call category. around 12:30 eastern time this morning, nbc news called romney the apparent winner. in a one-point close shave over santorum. romney sweated this one out before winning ohio, apparently, by just 12,000 votes. despite outspending his rivals 4-1 in that state with his super pac leading the way. just before 4:00 a.m. eastern time, about 90 minutes ago, nbc news declared romney the projected winner in alaska. he won big in the idaho caucuses. he took massachusetts where he serve as governor and also neighboring vermont. romney is as expected was the big winner in virginia where newt gingrich and rick santorum did not make it on to the ballot. ron paul did pick up 40% of vote in virginia. turnout underwhelming, just under 5% of registered voters went to the polls, that is the lowest ever for a presidential primary in the state of virginia. aside from his near win in ohio, santorum countered with primary victories in oklahoma and ten. . he also won the north dakota caucuses underscoring his command of the conservative vote in deep republican territory.
jon stewart takes a look at mitt romney's southern strategy of saying y'all, talking about grits, and hanging with jeff foxworthy. that clip coming up later in the show. first let's get to the news here at 30 rock in new york city. new protests broke out overnight in afghanistan as anger continues to build over the rogue u.s. army sniper alleged to have killed 16 afghan civilians early sunday in a door to door shooting spree about a mile from his military base. hundreds of students gathered today to call for the soldier's assassination. the massacre is reframing the debate inside the white house where some of the advisers reports are urging president obama to speed up the withdrawal of american forces from that country. today's "new york times" says one option under consideration would reduce the number of troops by an additional 20,000 or more by 2013. those talks have been underway to weeks, but given the new set back, some members of the administration feel the mission has reached the point of diminishing returns. no decision on troop levels have been made and both president o
. >>> first, though, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. >>> mitt romney heading into the illinois presidential primary on the heels of a weekend win on the isle of enchantment, puerto rico. according to the associated press, the former massachusetts governor won the u.s. territory with 83% of the vote after spending two days campaigning on the island last week, rick santorum came in a distant second with 8%. 83-8, romney takes home all of puerto rico's 20 delegates. that brings his total haul to 463 delegates. more than 270 more than santorum. the romney campaign is hoping it will help attract more of the latino vote moving forward. this is important because the santorum -- the romney campaign, i should say, it's all about delegates and math. the illinois primary a day away. the latest polls show romney with a slight lead over santorum in illinois. santorum maintains he will be the republican nominee arguing that romney is too similar to the man republicans are trying to replace. >> the more i look at the record of governor romney and match it up against
rock in new york city. >>> mitt romney says the republican race for president is now a matter of math and that the numbers simply do not add up for his rivals. as of this moment romney leads the republican field with 341 delegates. remember, though, he needs 1,145 to clench the nomination. he's followed by newt gingrich and rick santorum. romney's campaign notes only 4 of the remaining contests are winner take all, meaning it's increasingly difficult for any one candidate to catch up to romney. a memo released by his camp highlights the road ahead for the republican candidates saying the longer they ignore the basic principles of math the only person's odds of winning there are increasing are president obama's. romney needs less than 50% of the remaining delegates to wrap up the nomination compared to rick santorum who needs to win nearly two out of every three from this day forward to become the nominee. one romney aide said it would take, quote, an act of god to prevent romney from winning the nomination. rick santorum refuses to accept the idea that romney is inevitable. >> what wo
victory in romney's home state despite losing the popular vote because of the 15-15 split of delegates there. party leaders, though, this morning outraged the santorum camp by voting to change the delegate breakdown giving romney 16 delegates and santorum 14. republican committee members said a rule that divided the delegates equally was incorrect and based on the popular vote romney comes out ahead. santorum blasted that decision during a campaign stop yesterday in the state of washington. >> good old boy network, they can't -- they have to change the rules after the game so they can win. that's pathetic. i just think that you really see what the romney campaign is all about. anything to win. after the fact break the rules, rewrite the rules. that's not the way republicans and conservatives do it. but, he's new to the conservative cause so i'm not surprised he doesn't know that. >> santorum's campaign put out a statement as well reading in part we never thought the romney campaign would try to rig the outcome of an election by changing the rules after the vote. this kind of backroom d
. >>> on to 2012 politics where rank and file politics are rallying around romney as their likely nominee. romney picked up the coveted endorsement in the campaign. that of florida governor, jeb bush. bush congratulated him on tuesday night and encouraged his party to put an end to the long nomination fight. primary elections have been held in 34 states. now is the time for republicans to unite and take the message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall. meanwhile, freedom works announce plans to stop their opposition to candidate romney since the numbers favor his chances of becoming the nominee. all this sounded like great news. a big day for romney until his victory was cut short when senior campaign adviser made a remark that raised new doubts with the base. >> is there a concern that the pressure from santorum and gingrich might move him to the right? >> well, i think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. everything changes. it's like an etch-a-sketch. shake it up and start over again. >> he said that yesterday morning before the jeb bush endorsement came out
, rick santorum is coming off a big weekend win in the kansas caucuses even as the romney campaign claims a big win with delegates. santorum got 51% support, a full 30 points ahead of romney. romney won the delegate vote in wyoming's county conventions on saturday. combined he added 39 delegates to his total this weekend, rick santorum got 36. in all romney leads santorum by 200 delegates. santorum rejecting that his rival's lead makes him the nominee. >> on the current track we're on right now, the fact is that governor romney doesn't get to that number. so the idea that you just make projecti projections, this is not a mathematical formula. someone who has out-spent 10-1 w all this wind at his back, yet he can't close the deal. i have my homestate yet to go. governor romney had about three of his homestates already. it's important to look to the future and see the opportunities we have. that's how we get back into this race. if we can get one-on-one, we can see we've done well there. >> tomorrow the republican race turns to the deep south. primaries in alabama and mississippi. over 100
shows santorum did split evenly the state's 30 delegates with mitt romney. santorum says if mitt romney can't win decisively in his homestate his entire candidacy needs to be re-evaluated. >> we won michigan last night by coming out of michigan with 15 delegates out of 30 delegates in mitt romney's homestate. being outspent 6-1. we went into his backyard. he spent a fortune, money he had no intention of spending, and we came out of there with the same number of delegates as he does we are in great shape. we're excited about what will happen on super tuesday. we went into michigan. i doen't know if you're listening, we went into michigan and pulled off the impossible. >> mitt romney arguing democrats are responsible for santorum's strong finish in michigan. >> they got the news from michael moore to barack obama's team to frankly rick santorum as well saying go play mischief in the republican party vote against mitt romney and try to give this to rick santorum. they don't want to face me in the fall. they would rather face rick santorum, so they came in large numbers and voted for rick.
candidates takes place saturday in louisiana's presidential primary. after mitt romney's strong showing in illinois on tuesday, rick santorum and newt gingrich are again relying on southern voters to try to slow the front-runner's momentum. santorum spent parts of yesterday hammering romney over a comment by one of his senior aides, who indicated romney's positions could be shaken up in a race like an etch a sketch when it comes to the general election. speaking to supporters in texas today, santorum doubled down in his attacks against romney. suggesting republicans might be better off with president obama. >> you one by giving people a choice. you win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who is just going to be a little different than the person in there. if they're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have, instead of taking a risk of what may be the etch a sketch candidate for the future. >> in a statement, romney responded, quote, i was disappointed to hear that rick santorum would rather have barack ob
. >>> first, the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. mitt romney and rick santorum heading to wisconsin today, kicking off a final push before tuesday's primary there. some new numbers out this morning show romney with a lead there, according to the latest nbc news/marist poll. mitt romney has 40% support in wisconsin. that puts him seven points ahead of rick santorum. ron paul and newt gingrich way back in the poll. our nbc political team breaks down the numbers at and we'll have much more coming up on "morning joe." poll numbers aside, the romney campaign also leaning on a series of high-level endorsements to try to lock up this nomination. the latest comes from wisconsin congressman paul ryan, expected to throw his support behind romney today, perhaps even today. ryan, who chairs the house budget committee, often mentioned as a likely vice presidential pick. romney has praised the congressman's budget blueprint, which passed through the house yesterday along party lines. in another key endorsement for romney, former president george h.w. bush
issue smack dab in the middle of the presidential election. and speaking of that election, mitt romney is heading into next week's primaries with a new boost of support from one of the senate's rising stars. in an announcement late last night, senator marco rubio of florida announced he will back mitt romney. the tea party favorite has been a highly sought after endorsement, and often mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick. the first term republican says romney has earned the nomination saying it's time for the party now to rally around his candidacy. >> i am going to endorse mitt romney. not only because he's going to be the republican nominee but offers at this point such a stark contrast to the president's record. look at the president's record. this is someone who has run the country not very well over the last three years but has no experience beyond that doing that. no experience with the private sector or free enterprise system. i have zero doubt in my mind two of things. one, that mitt romney will govern as a conservative and will be head and shoulders better than the g
delegates are up for grabs. polls show mitt romney with a lead as the voting begins, some as w a big lead. he's hoping a convincing win in illinois will further make his case that math is on his side. rick santorum will be watching the returns tonight in gettysbu gettysburg, pennsylvania. yesterday he was on the defensive over these comments he made during a final campaign stop in illinois. >> we need a candidate who will be a fighter for freedom. who's going to get up and make that the central theme in this race because it is the central theme thin this race. i don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. it doesn't matter to me. my campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates or growth rates. there's something more foundational going on here. >> mitt romney didn't waste time trying to capitalize on santorum's remarks. >> i'm kerneled abo concerned a people out of work. one of the people running for the no, ma'am it nation also says he doesn't care about the unemployment rate. that doesn't bother him. i do care about the unemployment rate. it does bother me. i want to get people
's campaign for president. we'll have details there. >>> plus, mitt romney goes on "leno" and plays a little word association with the names of the other candidates. this ought to be fun. we'll see how it went later in the show. >>> first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. the third and final day of arguments over president obama's health care law begins at the supreme court just a few hours from now. today, the justices will consider whether the entire law should be overturned if the individual mandate is ruled unconstitutional. right now, it's unclear how the justices view that mandate, but tough questioning yesterday pointed to some serious doubt from members of the court that congress has the authority to require americans to buy medical insurance. justice anthony kennedy, who could be the key swing vote in this case pressed the administration's lawyer for an answer. >> here, the government is saying that the federal government has a duty to tell the individual citizen that it must act, and that is different from what we have in previous cases. >>
. >>> to the news, shall we? live at 5:30 a.m., here at 30 rock in new york city. the romney campaign winning states is important, but winning delegates they say is even more important. as the republican presidential race heads to the south the field's current frontrunner is trying to lower expectations there, suggesting he faces an uphill battle away from his home turf. romney says he does not necessarily have to win the popular vote in the south to come out on top. >> how important is it for you to pick up a southern state? >> well, i realize it's a bit of an away game but i also think we're going to pick up some support in the -- in the states that remain this month. i'm confident we're going to get delegates, that's what this is all about. >> tomorrow republicans in kansas head to the polls where 40 delegates are at stake. the u.s. virgin islands hold caucuses on saturday. rick santorum has done very well in the heartland. we'll keep an eye on kansas tomorrow. tuesday, more than 100 delegates up for grabs. alabama, mississippi and hawaii the three states on tuesday. according to a state universi
won 49% of the vote. romney second with 27%. romney has nearly 300 more delegates than does santorum. the writing is on the wall. >> it will be romney. >> and he's your guy and you're happy? >> well, you know, i haven't endorsed anybody but i'm very comfortable with him. the other two candidates, wreck keep exceeding expectations. but romney won five delegates in louisiana. he'll get the 11-44. >> he looks like he's going to be the nominee. >> haley barbour, santorum on the defensive saying mitt romney's health care plan makes him the worst republican candidate in the country. the former pennsylvania senator who is frustrated with reporters who repeatedly asked him to clarify that remark. >> on the issue of health care, that's what i was talking about. i was very clear about that. >> okay. come on, guys. don't do this. i mean, you guys are incredible. i was talking about obama care and he is the worst. >> santorum was being asked about the comment do you think he's the worst candidate possible. santorum saying i just think that's true on the issue of health care. further down that sa
. the vice president named names while hammering the republican approach to the economy. >> mitt romney, rick santorum, and newt gingrich, these guys have a fundamentally different economic philosophy than we do. simply stated, we're about promoting the private sector. they're about protecting the privileged sector. we are for a fair shot and a fair shake. they're about no rules, no risks, and no accountability. >> i want to tell you what's real bankruptcy. the economic theories of gingrich, santorum, and romney. they are bankrupt. if you give any one of these guys the keys to the white house, they will bankrupt the middle class again. >> the vice president focused specifically on the government's rescue of the auto industry. biden says that never would have happened if the president's opponents had their way. it saved a million jobs. >> governor romney was more direct. let detroit go bankrupt. newt gingrich said, quote, a mistake. but the guy i work with every day, the president, he didn't flinch. this is a man with steel in his spine. he made the tough call and the verdict is in. president
with russian president medvedev and reaction from the republican presidential field. mitt romney saw the "hunger games" movie. >> pg 13. is it a little too violent for young kids? >> i think it's a little disturbing for young kids. >> a little taste four. we'll have romney's full review later. first let's get to the news. here at 30 rock in new york city this morning the supreme court is set to take up the central issue in the fight over president obama's health care law. whether or not congress overstepped its authority under the constitution by requiring americans to buy medical insurance or to face a penalty if they do not. two hours will be devoted to today's arguments and as nbc pete williams errors for us the justices appear ready to decide the issue this summer, yes right in the heat of the presidential election. >> reporter: outside the court passionate demonstrations, mostly supporting the law. >> i'm only giving out tickets for today's argument only. >> reporter: court officials allowed 120 people in line some since friday. >> 24. 25. >> reporter: rick santorum even showed
to domestic policy, mitt romney is assuring his top donors that he can win. he hopped off the campaign trail to raise some money in new york. he told supporters that despite those back-to-back losses in the south on tuesday, he still has a commanding lead in delegates. in an interview yesterday romney was asked whether or not those losses underscore the perception that conservatives would prefer someone else to win the nomination? >> we have to go back and look at some other states that actually are kind of important. let's say florida, for instance, where i won, and michigan, and ohio, and ne vad did, and new hampshire. the list goes on. last night, by the way, they're for getting there were a couple of other contests including hawaii where i won. oh, by the way, last night i got more delegates than anybody else. this is the process of becoming the no, ma'am mi knee. we're pursuing that in an intelligent way. conservatives, who as conservatives did you vote. some who were very conservatives may not be in my cam but they will be when i become the nominee. >> you've been making some gaffes, g
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